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A disorder of eating or of values?

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 18 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d38
  1. Jane Morris, consultant psychiatrist, Eden Unit, Royal Cornhill Hospital, Aberdeen,
  2. Daniel Seng, medical student, University of Aberdeen,
  3. , recovering patient, Eden Unit
  1. ejanemorris{at}

JM and DS were struggling to find a shared perspective on the management of patients with eating disorders. JM, a middle aged consultant, was educated in the West, in all-female schools and colleges, where dieting and body image disparagement are norms. She has worked for decades with patients who lose weight obsessively and who defend their behaviour as a lifestyle choice …

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